Until recently we saw that Reflux Guard©, which we believe is the best under mattress wedge on the market, as an effective, simple, and practical tool to lift the head of the bed. Lifting the head of the bed is a standard instruction that a doctor gives their patients.
We also came to realize how effective an under mattress wedge is in protecting against the ravages of Acid Reflux and GERD. However, if you do everything right you don’t need a Reflux Guard©, and that’s the latest insight we want to share, before telling you about some of the things that you need to know in order to do everything right.
Additionally, we have now come to understand how hard it is to do everything right, and therefore, believe a Reflux Guard© is the perfect safety net for those trying to do everything right but sometimes fail, and especially for those who often fail – let us catch you.
Now to the featured presentation!
What You Need to Know to Do Everything Right to Avoid Acid Reflux:
When managing a health issue such as acid reflux, it is important that one sees all angles clearly. There are various angles a sufferer of acid reflux can tackle their issue and one of these angles is avoiding certain foods. Let’s dig right in…
Tomatoes cause the stomach to produce an overload of gastric acid (the chemical responsible for breaking down food). The citric and malic acid in tomatoes and tomato products (think sauce, soup, juice, etc) are harmful to any individual prone to acid reflux.
2. High-fat foods
This includes meats like ground beef, marbled sirloin, chicken nugget-style, and chicken/buffalo wings, chocolate, regular corn and potato chips, high-fat butter cookies, brownies, donuts, creamy and oily salad dressings, and fried/fatty foods. Also, dairy (i.e.: sour cream, milk, ice cream, regular cottage cheese) should also be avoided. Even a person who does not suffer from acid reflux has difficulty breaking down fatty foods, thus, if you experience acid reflux, fatty foods are a no-no!
Also, keep in mind that fatty foods cause weight gain and in some cases, obesity which aggravates symptoms as well. Feed yourself foods that are easy to digest.
3. Citrus Fruits
Consuming the pH found in citrus foods is like pouring plain gastric acid into your stomach and simply exacerbates symptoms.
Consuming onions also exacerbates heartburn. Even cooking onions doesn’t have much effect on their acidity. Instead, try eating milder shallots and green onions in small doses to see how strongly they affect your reflux.
5. Carbonated Beverages
The gas released from carbonated beverages increases gastric pressure. The bubbles push on the stomach, stretching it, and thereby forcing the esophageal sphincter open. Sodas containing caffeine are even worse because they are also highly acidic. Diet sodas are the worst of the worst because typically, their pH level staggers between 2.5 and 3.7. You might as well get started on drinking your 8 glasses of water a day – as we all should!
Out of all the alcoholic options, it’s best to stay away from drinks such as beer and champagne. Also, be aware of reflux triggering add-ons like acidic juices and carbonated sodas often mixed in with spirit cocktails.
7. Spicy Foods
One of the most common foods triggering reflux symptoms are spicy foods. Spicy foods irritate the esophagus. Many spicy dishes are usually paired with foods like onions, which again, only make acid reflux worse.
If you just love the taste of coffee, there’s good news! Research has shown that the effect of acid reflux in decaffeinated coffee was much less. Caffeinated tea also produced lesser acid reflux symptoms. If you do drink coffee (the caffeinated kind), opt for darker roasts. They tend to be less acidic and better tolerated by reflux sufferers compared to light roasts. Be sure to limit your intake to one cup.
Some of the foods that trigger acid reflux are simply not good for anyone (whether they suffer from acid reflux or not). Avoiding those foods would not only lessen acid reflux symptoms but also prevent other (and sometimes more serious) health risks. Try to perceive taking control of acid reflux as a holistic way creating a healthier overall lifestyle!
Now that you learned only some of the things you need to know, please feel free to look around our site for other great pieces information. At the same time, if you are suffering severely from Acid Reflux, and your doctor told you to lift the head of the bed you might want to learn more about our safety net for acid reflux; as opposed to other options that may drop the ball. Oops, I meant, drop you into a world of misery.